Dhanteras 2018: 5 things you need to do on this auspicious day
There is something special about the festive season. Light, sweets, decorated markets, and new clothes everything just takes away our hearts. Dussehra is over and the festival of lights Diwali is just upon us. Well, Diwali is a 5- day long celebration which begins from the festival of Dhanteras. The festival is known as Dhanlakshmi Puja. Dhanteras 2018 will be celebrated on 5 November. Here are 5 important things you need to do on this auspicious day.
Dhanteras 2018: Date, Time and Puja
The word Dhana means wealth and teras means 13th day. Dhanteras is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha(dark fortnight) in the Hindu month of Aaswayuja. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped. People worship her to seek her blessings for prosperity and wealth. Lord Kubera is also worshipped on this day, especially by the business community.
Dhanteras Puja Mahurat: 6:05 PM and 8:01 PM
Duration: 1 hour: 55 minutes
Pradosh kaal : 5:29 to 8:07 Pm
The significance of buying utensils and jewelry on this day
Hindus all across the country start cleaning their houses much before the Diwali celebrations. Till Dhanteras, they make sure that no corner of the house is left unclean. This is the day when people welcome Goddess Lakshmi at their place. The meaning of Dhan is wealth. It is an extremely auspicious day to make new purchases. It is believed that new purchases on this day ensure the inflow of wealth and good luck throughout the year. One can find huge discounts on gadgets and jewelry.
Interesting Story about Dhanteras
There are so many folklores associated with the essence of celebrating Dhanteras. According to one folklore, King Hima’s daughter -in – law saved his son from the God of death Yamraj by lighting a lot of diyas. His son was destined to die on the fourth day of his marriage but his wife saved him. She didn’t allow Yamraj to enter the room by putting heaps of silver and gold coins on the door.
Here are five things you need to do on this auspicious day
1. Make Rangoli at the entrance of your home to invite Goddess Lakshmi.
2. Cleanse your mind and soul. Pray to Goddess Lakshmi for luck and happiness
3. Do not forget to bring something new to your house. Be it jewelry, utensils or any gadget.
4. In the evening, perform Lakshmi Puja and light a diya.
5. Recite Lakshmi Mantras to attract positive energies.
Happy Dhanteras to all!